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13th century German sword

J. Helmes

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Hello, Here is a sword I have just completed. It is based off of a find from Germany from probably the 13th century. The blade is inlayed with bronze. Further imaged of the sword can be found on my facebook page here . For those interested there is a thread on MyArmoury detailing the reconstruction process here .






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Really nice work, Jeff! Nice clean fuller, and I love the look of the countersunk shoulders into the guard.


Inlay is one of those "Gotta learn to do that someday" skills on my list.






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oh yeah! that is a very good one!


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Lovely work!

very clean & purposeful looking.




"Nedeher Ewedeni" - what does that mean?

it ain't latin as far as I can say... nor does it sound germanic... but old languages aren't exactly my speciality ;)

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"Nedeher Ewedeni"

-Perhaps it is elfish or dwarfish?



These inscriptions are typically cryptic. It is believed they are abbreviations for prayers or religious incantations. Some believe the saying they represent may have been a mix of latin and vulgate. This all means such inscriptions are for the most part very difficult for use to decipher today.

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Thanks for the encouraging words guys! :) It always means alot to me to get positive feedback from the forum .


Dan, as near as we can tell it's might be some form of middle high German. I can't honestly tell you what it means though. Failing all else of course, as Peter said, it's probably elvish. Perhaps written by some shifty shop nisse. :ph34r:

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Lovely! The risers in the handle are a nice touch, the inlay is very well done, and the proportions are perfect.

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Top notch! Everything about it speaks volumes of your skill as a craftsman.



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That is just beautiful. If I ever try making a sword it's going to be something similar to that. My daughter has been wanting to try something like that. Very nice.

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